Double Agent

Double Agent

The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed A Nazi Spy Ring

Book - 2014 | First Scriber hardcover edition
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An account of a virtually unknown pre-World War II counterespionage operation describes how naturalized German-American agent William G. Sebold became the FBI's first double agent and was a pivotal figure in the arrests of 33 enemy agents for the Nazis.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2014
Edition: First Scriber hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451667950
Branch Call Number: 940.548673092 DUF 2014
Characteristics: vii, 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, facsimile, photographs ; 24 cm


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Jan 25, 2020

As a refreshing change of pace from exaggerated spy fiction, this is the true story of an ordinary man who felt compelled to do extraordinary things. When it became obvious that the United States would eventually join the Allied side in World War II, Nazi Germany began placing spies in the US to gather details about the growing American effort to build new weapons and enlarge the armed forces. Born and raised in Germany, William Sebold had lived in the United States for several years, and then returned to Germany for health reasons. Once there, he found himself threatened by Nazi espionage agents who demanded that he return to the US and work to collect intelligence information for them. Oddly, these agents don’t seem to have considered that threats might alienate their spy candidate rather than earn his loyalty for Germany, but the first thing Sebold did was report to American authorities and offer to sabotage Nazi espionage efforts from the inside. And so, as WW2 approached , the Germans had no idea that one of their most important spies was actually working for the other side. The story that follows is sometimes anxious and sometimes farcical, but always interesting.

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